Tuesday, January 26, 2021

reading: the steerswoman (series)

These are by Rosemary Kirstein, and available as e-books on Smashwords:

  • The Steerswoman
  • The Outskirter’s Secret
  • The Lost Steersman
  • The Language of Power

I came across these by way of a blog post by Sumana Harihareswara, I think with my ambient sense that I should read them enhanced by a review by Russ Allbery and a blurb from Jo Walton.

On first inspection, The Steerswoman is a particular and familiar sort of fantasy with one or two mildly interesting conceits. It quickly becomes something deeper than that, and after working through all four in the space of a couple of weeks, I’d rank them with the classics of their genre.

This is an unfinished series, the first of which was published in 1989, with a whole lot of unresolved questions. I normally try not to encourage people to take up this kind of thing; most readers of speculative fiction have been burned by some long-running series or another by now. I’ll make an exception for this one: I eagerly await the concluding volumes, but even if they’re never published, the first four are all worth the time.

p1k3 / 2021 / 1 / 26
tags: topics/books, topics/reading, topics/rosemary-kirstein, topics/sfnal, topics/the-steerswoman